Picture transfers for Quilts

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Registered: 09-21-2005
Picture transfers for Quilts
Wed, 11-07-2012 - 12:21pm

Hi everyone....looking to put some pictures onto/inot a quilt I want to start.  I use to have a quilt place that di it for you .  they are not around anymore...I called a new place and the girl told me they  "sell "  transfer sheet you can print from your own printer.  Jsut wondering if anyone has had any experience with it..and what is best...???

Valentine Bingo               

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Sun, 12-09-2012 - 5:51pm

I want to apologize profusely for not answering you before now. I only saw your thread on my iPad and it wouldn't let me reply and then I kept forgetting to look for it on my laptop (for some reason, all the threads have been scrambled and not where they should be for me the last few days...).

I hope I'm not too late for this...

Anyway, I have never done a photo transfer to fabric but I have seen them and they can be striking. And yes, there is paper (it's actually fabric in some cases) for sale that you can use in an ink jet printer. Check the quitling deprtment of your local Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnns... or maybe they even carry it at a local quilt shop (we don't have one here that does but that doesn't mean much as we are pretty small town around here). Some manufacturers even provide software to go with their papers... This link provides a tutorial: http://www.vintageimagecraft.com/transfer_images_fabric.html. Note that all of these result in a sheet that you then have to iron onto your fabric... but here is one link about printing direct to fabric: http://hazelruthes.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-to-print-on-fabric.html

We did have a thread here that talked about alternative methods of photo transfer but I can't say they are equivalent to the store-bought papers (which are pricey, by the way). That thread is here: http://www.ivillage.com/forums/node/12799926 and I found this video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br25IEL6Ogc This link provides a tutorial for three methods: http://www.vintageimagecraft.com/transfer_images_fabric.html. As does this one (and several linkd on that page at teh top): http://www.ehow.com/how_16241_transfer-images-fabric.html

Oh, and if you have something in that photo that has to be read right way round (like store signs, etc.), it might make sense to use some photo editing softeware to reverse your image, because these methods do tend to result in mirror images...

Hope this helps!